From The Wright Brothers to Space X

A Bit of History by ©2020 Sarah Becker From The Wright Brothers to Space X In 1901 American scientist, astronomer, and mathematician Simon Newcomb [1835-1909] “predicted that man would never fly.”  Said Newcomb in 1903: “The desire to fly like a bird is inborn in our race, and we can no more be expected to […]

Ben Franklin & COVID-19

History By Sarah Becker Copyright ©2020 Sarah Becker Ben Franklin & COVID-19 “We may be done with COVID-19, but COVID-19 is not done with us,” NIH Director Francis Collins noted not long ago.  The rapidly transmitting coronavirus has taken hold and the number of cases, of deaths per capita endures. “COVID-19 is extraordinarily widespread,” the […]

August 28th – 57th Anniversary of the March On Washington

History Written by ©2020 Sarah Becker Copyright ©2020 Sarah Becker August 28th – 57th Anniversary of the March On Washington “The liberty attained by that soul which is converted from evil by the influence of Divine love, is the only liberty which truly deserves the name,” Quaker minister, abolitionist and Alexandria apothecary Edward Stabler wrote […]

James, John Quincy & the 4th of July

History by ©2020 Sarah Becker James, John Quincy & the 4th of July In 1821 Mexico declared its independence from Spain; the American Colonization Society established the West African republic of Liberia, and Missouri was admitted as a slave state.  General Andrew Jackson was appointed governor of the Florida territory; New York’s Emma Willard started […]

Colored Rosemont – Part Two

Written by ©2020 Sarah Becker Copyright ©2020 Sarah Becker Colored Rosemont – Part Two “Of all the American states, Virginia can lay claim to the most thorough control by an oligarchy,” historian and political scientist V.O. Key, Jr., wrote in 1949.  “Political power has been closely held by a small group of leaders who, themselves […]

Infectious Diseases Throughout the Years

By Sarah Becker Infectious Diseases Throughout the Years Today it is the unexpected arrival of an acute febrile respiratory disease, COVID-19 that sickens America.  COVID-19, a relative of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) was first discovered in China in December 2019.  The United States recorded its first COVID-19 case on January 21, 2020; on March […]

Earth Day Celebrates 50 Years

by Sarah Becker ©2020 Earth Day Celebrates 50 Years “The time has come to inquire seriously what will happen when our forests are gone, when the coal, the iron, the oil, and the gas are exhausted, when the soils shall have been still further impoverished and washed into the streams, polluting the rivers, denuding the […]

Read Across America

A Bit of History Read Across America Written by Parker A. Poodle ™ a.k.a. Sarah Becker Copyright ©2020 Sarah Becker Let’s Celebrate Read Across America On December 21, 2019, my mistress’ brother unexpectedly passed away.  His children were sad and needed to snuggle.  I, Parker A. Poodle, a Reading Education Dog, love to snuggle.  I […]

Colored Rosemont – A Black History Lesson

by ©2020 Sarah Becker Colored Rosemont – A Black History Lesson In 1939 Winston Churchill described the Soviets as “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma;” German authorities required Jews to wear the Star of David, and black American W.E.B. DuBois published Black Folk, Then and Now: An Essay in the History and […]

‘Remember the Laidies’

By ©2019 Sarah Becker ‘Remember the Laidies’ In 1920 the United States, as per the 18th Amendment, prohibited “the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors;” the U.S. Supreme Court concluded the United States Steel Corporation was not an illegal monopoly, and the Virginia General Assembly voted not to ratify the Woman’s Suffrage Amendment.  Yet […]